Summer 2010University Updates

Senator Lugar challenges teens to be leaders

Senator Lugar makes it a point to take time to pose for photos with the Symposium participants.

Before an audience of parents, teachers, and 500 Indiana high school students at UIndy, U.S. Sen. Richard G. Lugar HD ’70 offered his perspective on current events—from unemployment and health care reform to war and diplomacy—and challenged the teens to take active roles in their communities and the world at large.

The Dec. 12 event was the 33rd annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis, which brings together top high school juniors from around the state for a day of expert presentations and discussion on pressing national and global issues.

The Senator presented the Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award to Carroll Junior-Senior High School student Andrew Miller during the Symposium. In 2008, Miller was among the approximately 500 top high school juniors selected to attend the symposium and invited to apply for the
award, which comes with a $500 prize.

The Richard G. Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders was established in 2007 at UIndy to build on the Lugar Symposium’s three decades of promoting civic leadership among Indiana youth. The center coordinates the annual symposium plus related events and programs for high school and college students.

The Senator, who long served on UIndy’s Board of Trustees (1970–2002), has conducted the symposium since 1977.

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